This year has had many blockbuster movies hit the screen from the beginning of the year, and we hope that stream of box office goodness never runs dry. A majority of these blockbusters have been sci-fi films with the stars being Marvel’s Avengers Infinity War and Black Panther earlier in the year. Animated movies released so far have received impressive reviews, and some have been shot down as soon as they came out. The list of 2018 animation films is set to keep on growing.
2018 animated movies
Some of this year’s releases are sequels of beloved animations released from years back hoping to captivate audiences with nostalgic characters. In this article, we will take a look at the list of animation films released in 2018.
1. Incredibles 2
Incredibles 2 is perhaps the most awaited of the new animated movies 2018. Since the release of its first installment in 2004, fans have waited more than a decade to get off the cliffhanger they have left on over a decade ago. The sequel is no disappointment. It is intended to address some new emerging societal issues all masked with humor. This time Elastigirl takes the lead as the city tries to bring back the superheroes who had previously been made illegal. The Underminers are of course the biggest villains in a plot that builds smoothly over the length of the film. The plot is solid script is filled with light humor that does not try too much to impress you which makes for light moments throughout the movie.
2. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
An odd title for a movie about a family of vampires, right? Regardless, Dracula, his daughter Mavis and Johnny decide to take a vacation together. On their cruise, the most unexpected thing happens, Dracula falls in love. The twist comes when Dracula finds out that the woman he has fallen in love with, Ericka - the ship’s captain – is a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, the monster slayer. The plot twist is not hidden from you; instead you are let in on the secret that she does not like monsters either. This leaves you on the edging trying to tell the characters what is going on. Edgy with no dull moments, this easily makes the list of best animated movies 2018.
Smallfoot turns the idea of Bigfoot on its head. The Yeti is a community of creatures that are completely unaware of the existence of humans. They live high in the mountains with no idea there is life below the clouds. It is a celebration of differences and the nuances that come with them. The story is not a new concept, but it is told in a refreshingly different way.
4. Christopher Robin
Christopher Robin is back with the old gang in this one. Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and Tiger are all getting back together. They embark on an adventure to save Christopher from himself. The story is an annoyingly happy tale, in a good way. The characters bring from the cartoons an immense positivity that is made even more profound with the background of modern life.
5. Isle of Dogs
The Isle of Dogs is an interesting title choice for this movie because it sounds very much like “I love dogs” when you say it. The movie is about a city that has a huge dog population, and an outbreak of dog flu forces the city officials to banish all dogs to a remote garbage island. The stop-motion action is exhilarating. The movie has a fair bit of violence in it, nothing over the top though. The characters are as funny as they are endearing. Of all the animated movies 2018 released, this one might be the best one yet for mature audiences.
6. Peter Rabbit
Released in February this year, Peter Rabbit is a movie about rabbits fighting for their home. Why? This is because the owner of the farm they have been raiding for food is done dealing with them. Peter Rabbit is a family friendly movie. Kids are sure to like the singing, and the fantasy-filled world where humans interact with the rabbits completely unaware of their sentience.
7. Early Man
An all British cast and an award-winning director -Nick Park- Early Man was set to be great from the start. The movie is about a tribe of early men who are faced with the emergence of new technology, the bronze age. The story is much more enjoyable if you can understand the historical humor in the scripting of the movie. It is captivating and thrilling; furthermore the subtle similarities to the colonial rule are hard to miss.
8. Duck Duck Goose
Duck Duck Goose is full of on the nose humor, that will still make you laugh. The little ducks are a kid’s favorite and the focus on practical humor instead of verbal comedy is a refreshing return to the old school comedy movies. It is great for kids and adults alike making it a great choice for a family movie from the list of 2018 animation films.
Charming is a different kind of fairy tale. It turns the stories of Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty inside out. Their prince is the same one. They have all fallen under the curse of the same prince who is irresistible to all the ladies in the kingdom, except one. To free all others of his curse, he must pick his one true love. The journey he embarks and the tasks he is to accomplish in order to find love are very similar to the tasks of Hercules, but the love story that unfolds in the movie is still heart-warming.
10. Pokemon The Movie: The Power Of Us
The film adaptation of the Pokemon game was not a blockbuster hit as was expected. The movie is a derivative story with a very similar storyline to all other game-based movies released so far. Ash and Pikachu are out to save a seaside town from attack, and they do so in a way that highlights the importance of collaboration and tolerance of one another’s differences.
11. Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes
You can tell from the title that Shakespeare’s characters, Romeo & Juliet were an inspiration for the characters. As is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock, a detective who is hired by Gnomeo and Juliet to investigate the disappearance of other gnomes. Admittedly, watching animated characters do detective work is a bit of a new thrill with the only recent similar film being Zootopia which is on the list of 2017 animation films. The film has a few adult leaning quips but still makes for a family-friendly watch.
12. Teen Titans Go! To the movies
Full of corny jokes and a lot of fourth wall breaks, this movie will give you a different perspective on the young superheroes of DC Comics. Like the Lego Batman Movies, Teen Titans Go! To the movies is completely funny with a script that has little effect on the building of the plot of the movie. Breaking the fourth wall multiple times means the movie will pretty much be wasted on kids. It remains one of the best anime movies 2018.
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13. Blazing Samurai
Released on August 4th this year, the Blazing Samurai is a story about a dog that must fight his way to being a Samurai and has to defend his town from a feline overlord. The villain cat looks like the Kung Fu Panda and Garfield in one. The story is captivating, and you will find yourself rooting for the Blazing Samurai to emerge finally. This is fun for kids, but the story may seem a little too obvious for a mature audience.
14. Digimon Adventure Tri: Future
This is the final installment of the Digimon Adventure Tri and was released on May 5th in Japan while the rest of the world will have to wait till December. You can, however, access the movie on websites that allow animated movies download. If you love anime, this movie was made for you. The real world is under attack from the digital world and needs saving. The threat is a new concept in the movie, and the closest resemblance is The Matrix movies making it one of the more unique storylines yet.
15. Ralph Breaks the Internet
Remember Wreck-It Ralph? Well, he is still wrecking things, and this time he is breaking the internet. This is a sequel to Wreck-It Ralph, and we are yet to see if it will live up to the name. Ralph Breaks the Internet is set to be released on 21st of November this year.
16. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse
Spider-Man is set to be back in cinemas in this animated film later this year before we get the chance to see Spider-Man: Far From Home later in 2019. This animated installment of the Spider-Man movie is set to be a hit with Spider-Man being voiced by Shameik Moore. This is a new look at Spider-Man, in this movie, there is more than one Spider-Man, and one of them is black. That was sure to pique your interest and may well be the most disruptive of 2018 animated movies.
17. The Grinch
The Grinch is based on Dr. Suess’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. The Grinch is a hermit of sorts who leads a solitary life living with his dog Max. His neighbors of Whoville disturb his peace every year during, and he hatches a plan to help silence them forever by stealing Christmas. It is hard not to laugh at what the Grinch struggles with at a time so many are happy, and the movie will make for a great watch when it is released on 8th November.
18. The Death of Superman
The Justice League have to be assembled to fight the new threat to Metropolis. Superman faces off with Doomsday in a fight in which he nearly loses his life but miraculously kills the villain in his last move. Superman saves the day at the end of it all in a rather gruesome fight. This movie is too violent for kids, but a mature audience that can see through the cliché plot will have a good time enjoying intense fight sequences.
19. Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay
As the name suggests, this movie is rated R. The intense action and funny scripting make for a tragic comedy with plenty of diverse characters that each have a piece of their past affecting the mission. The script balances the dynamic characters from Quin’s crazy one-liners to Dead Shot’s sarcastic lines. It explores salvation and spirituality in a new light and will certainly get a few new thoughts in your head as you watch it.
20. Batman: Gotham by Gaslight
Warner Bros is back again with another movie about the dark knight of Gotham. In this installation, we follow the caped crusader detective as he investigates Jack the Ripper, legendary serial killer and solves a string of various murder mysteries. The film is set in 19th century Gotham city. The plot is however anti-climactic as the film culminates to a disappointing climax with a flimsy plot. The action sequences more than make up for whatever the movie lacks in plot depth.
21. The Stolen Princess
A fairytale love story, The Stolen Princess, follows the love of Ruslan and Mila is yet another tale of love overcoming all challenges. Ruslan is a young artist that wants to become a knight and falls in love with Mila, a princess without knowing who she is. , and he goes on a mission to rescue the love of his life. A derivative plot it may be, but the refreshing new way the story is told makes for an interesting new look at the saying, “love is blind.”
22. Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
A young army private, Robert Conroy adopts a stray stump-tailed terrier, and he names him Stubby. As Conroy goes to war, he brings along his dog and the two end up on a heroic adventure together through the war in France in the second world war. The incredible acts of courage and heroism seen throughout earn both of them awards for their valor and Stubby gets a title, Sgt. Stubby. This is one of the animated films 2018 released that does not borrow from the same old plot template as many other animated films do.
23. Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad
In the process of a desperate and brave move to prove himself worthy of being a Top Dog, mail room arctic fox commandeers a sled and stumbles upon an evil mastermind’s plan of world domination. He must assemble a squad from his friends to help him fight the evil genius’ plans. Arctic Justice promises a lively plot with little dreariness that comes from a script that drags too long. It is quick into the action and steady all through.
24. Luis & the Aliens
When three little aliens crash land at a gas station, Luis’ life changes for good. The 11-year-old is taken away from boarding school and embark on an adventure to help the three little aliens find their mothership and head home. This movie gets full credit for a creative and simple plot that will keep you glued through the whole movie.
25. Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle
City on the Edge of Battle is a Japanese animated film. It follows the missions to take down Godzilla, a crazy mutant ape to prevent further destruction and carnage. The film is in Japanese, so you have to be okay with reading subtitles the whole time to enjoy it properly. The plot is not the main focus of the film, the action sequences and the special effects are. The inspiring courage of the soldiers makes the story even more captivating fighting a virtually invincible opponent.
The story-lines from many animated movies this year were a little more derivative compared to what the new animated movies 2017 brought to the table. The best animated movies 2017 such as Zootopia and Cars 3 were refreshing and brought even deeper plots to the world of animated movies making the list of 2018 animation films fall just a little short on the innovative scales. Many movies were scheduled for release this year that have since been canceled including Larrikins and Anubis that were sure to bring the 2018 innovative score up. Be sure to keep an eye out for more animated movie announcements this year.
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